Baptism is the means by which we are welcomed into the Body of Christ, and born into new life with Him. In the Episcopal Church, we baptize people of any age. The means by which we prepare for this is, however, different from one age group to another.
Holy Baptism is normally celebrated at certain times of the Church Year, in the primary services of the Congregation. These times are:
- The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus (1st Sunday after January 6th, the Epiphany)
- The Great Vigil of Easter (The evening before, or early morning of Easter)
- The Feast of Pentecost (50 days after Easter Sunday)
- The Feast of All Saints (November 1, or the following Sunday)
- The Bishop’s Visitation (scheduled one a year or so)
In certain cases, Baptisms may be scheduled on other Sundays, but these are rare.
Youth and Adult Baptism
For those coming to the Faith as Youth (over 15) or Adults, we have a process called the Catechumenate. This process, normally observed during Lent, prepared adults and youth to be baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter. In some cases, this process may be offered at other times during the year.
Older Child Baptism (over 4)
In the cases of older children, regular participation in our Sunday School, combined with meetings with the Vicar and Family are considered appropriate preparation.
Infants and Toddlers
In the cases of younger children, the promises made at Baptism are made by the Parents and Godparents on behalf of the child. In such circumstances, the parents will be asked to be regular participants in worship and adult Sunday School. The Parents and Godparents will be asked to meet with the Vicar at least once before the liturgy. It is also expected that the child will be brought up at Faith, or at another Episcopal Church.
If you are interested in Baptism, either for yourself or a child in your household, please email the vicar at administrator @ faithepiscopal.org.